Nigeria’s third highest scorer Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from football

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Former Super Eagles and Nigeria forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from professional football on his 35th birthday.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who also played for Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, made 250 Premier League appearances and scored 96 goals in a career spanning 20 years.

“I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Yakubu told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

The striker scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for Nigeria making him the nation’s third highest goal scorer behind Rasheed Yekini and Segun ‘The Mathematical’ Odegbami.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni took part in four Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2010 World Cup.

“The Yak… is the 3rd best all-time scorer of the senior national team. Thank you for the memories,” the Nigerian Football Federation tweeted.

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